Canadian diplomat makes Ukraine journey as Russia menace mounts


Canada’s prime diplomat will journey to Ukraine Sunday for an emergency go to to assist fend off Russian aggression as tensions mount within the area.

“The amassing of Russian troops and equipment in and around Ukraine jeopardizes security in the entire region,” stated Foreign Minister Melanie Joly. “These aggressive actions must be deterred.”

The week-long journey, announced Saturday, is supposed to “reaffirm Canada’s steadfast support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated.

Joly’s itinerary features a assembly with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kiev and a go to with 200 members of the Canadian navy stationed in Ukraine to coach its safety forces.

The Kremlin has massed 100,000 troops alongside the Russia-Ukraine border in current months — a buildup that, the US and its NATO allies worry, may imply an imminent invasion.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys ShmyhalJoly’s go to will embody a gathering with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.NurPhoto by way of Getty Images

American and Russian negotiators in Geneva hit a stalemate this week in talks meant to defuse the navy stress.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna may also be included in Joly's visit.Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna may additionally be included in Joly’s go to.EPA

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan stated Thursday that Russia was “laying the groundwork” for a Ukraine invasion — utilizing the identical “playbook” as in its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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